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Mistral is back

The wind that was forecast for Friday made its presence felt with the anemometer never dropping below the 30 knot mark. The 360 competitors had to sit it out patiently, waiting fo the race committee decisions that punctuated the day. The wind eventually lightened up a little, but not until the early evening, allowing the "Gold Section" riders in the boys Under 17 category to get out on the water in what turned out to be the only race of the day. The riders raced on a "Banana" course layout in a stiff 25 knots. We were rewarded with the magnificent sight of 100 or more Technos going full-on through the hefty chop whipped up by the strong wind. At the top of the rankings, the battle played out between Dutch rider Kiran Badloe (NED 194) who led at the first mark, and Frenchie Gaël Cousin (FRA 753) attacking all the way down the downwind leg. Cousin eventually found a way past Badloe who finished second, ahead of English rider Stuart Hards and the other leading Frenchie Maxime Labat. In the overall standings Cousin has now established himself in first place, slightly extending his lead over Badloe and Labat lying equal second. Which all means that anything is possible on the final day, for which the wind forecast has yo-yo'd it's way back to "light". We shall see !
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